Monday, January 16, 2012

House Plants That Clean the Air in Your Home

Today should be a nice day.  Shelley and I will spend it drawing and painting in the art studio most of the day.  At 3:00 we will be at the barn for Shelley's riding lesson.  I hope Elmo is a good boy today like he was yesterday!


Due to the toxins in oil paint and oil paint mediums, I wanted to bring in some house plants that will help clean the air. 




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English Ivy and Chinese evergreen are two easy to maintain plants that will help purify the air in your home. 

Here is a list of plants from a NASA study proven to work hard at removing toxins:

1. Philodendron scandens `oxycardium', heartleaf philodendron
2. Philodendron domesticum, elephant ear philodendron
3. Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana', cornstalk dracaena
4. Hedera helix, English ivy
5. Chlorophytum comosum, spider plant
6. Dracaena deremensis `Janet Craig', Janet Craig dracaena
7. Dracaena deremensis `Warneckii', Warneck dracaena
8. Ficus benjamina, weeping fig
9. Epipiremnum aureum, golden pothos
10. Spathiphyllum `Mauna Loa', peace lily
11. Philodendron selloum, selloum philodendron
12. Aglaonema modestum, Chinese evergreen
13. Chamaedorea sefritzii, bamboo or reed palm
14. Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant
15. Dracaena marginata , red-edged dracaena


Gerber daisies are also great for cleaning the air, plus they are pretty!


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I have English ivy and a snake plant in the house already, and over the weekend, I bought a dumb cane plant (dieffenbachia compacta) which is not on the above list, but it is also a great air cleaner.



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What are you doing today?


Until next time...

Blessings!
Ricki Jill

7 comments:

  1. That's some good info there. I'm glad to know that too because I've been thinking about bringing in some real greenery this winter. Thanks girl!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  2. I have never really liked the look of most house plants but I think this is a good reason to get over that. I do love the look of a fern and the ivy so perhaps I can get an ivy growing in my home. I am a lover of candles which I know are reportedly terrible for air pollution. Thanks for this reminder!

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  3. Love the ivy in the planter & table setting. Very pretty. I bring in my real live plants during the winter ... love them.
    Have a lovely day ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  4. I had no idea. I sure am glad I've got my ficus!! and a couple more. I take them out in the spring and inside in the fall, so at least I've got a couple of plants working for me and I had no clue! Thanks for the info. Good stuff to know. I'm cleaning house, working out and getting my hair done this afternoon! Exciting stuff here! LOL Have a great day.

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  5. ooo this is a great post.
    I wonder if these would help my allergies!!
    Must try
    Amy

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  6. Great idea! I love plants and try to fill my home with them.

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  7. This inspires me to move beyond my philodendron! They are just so easy to care for droop=water!

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